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Vince Gratta

Manager / Promoter ∙ Hopewell

 

 

 

 

Vince Gratta has been a salesman all his life, and the enthusiasm he shows for his profession carries over into numerous sports and recreation activities that have been a lifelong hobby for him. Vince resided in Hopewell Township for more than 36 years and has been connected with a wide variety of athletic programs. He was a member of the Hopewell Quarterbacks since the 1960s, serving in all the offices. Vince was a member of the committee that formed the Hopewell Midget Football League and was involved in the original Little League and Senior Baseball League. From 1964 to 1968 he sponsored the Gratta Jetco team in the Senior League. He has served as a master of ceremonies for Hopewell Quarterbacks banquets for many years and has been chairman of many other sports banquets, included banquet chairman for the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame. Fundraising is one of Vince’s specialties: he served on the committee to raise funds for Hopewell’s Section 6 wrestling champions and helped the Hopewell Football Mothers in their projects, and he also assumed financial responsibility for Hopewell Legion Baseball team for 15 years and was also assistant coach. In 1976 he was inducted into the Greater Aliquippa Area Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame as Sportsman of the Year. Vince is a graduate of St Veronica high school in Ambridge and served in the Air Force during World War II. He was a salesman for the Jewel Tea Company for 24 years and later managed the Stop-N-Go store in Ambridge. He was a salesman for Galton Ford in Hopewell for six years before joining the sales staff at Crivelli Chevrolet in Vanport in 1980.